Accession Number:

ADA422869

Title:

Persistent Identification: A Key Component of an E-Government Infrastructure

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

COMMERCE ENERGY NASA NLM DEFENSE INFORMATION (CENDI)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-03-23

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

As more U.S. federal government information is generated in digital form, it is increasingly important to develop a digital information infrastructure to ensure effective management and access. A key component of this infrastructure is persistent identification of digital information resources. Currently, many government resources do not have any uniform type of identification individual agencies instead devise their own methods for naming sources such as internal reports, presentations, and other documents. One exception is for information posted on agency World Wide Web sites. These sites make use of Uniform Resource Locators URLs to identify specific Web pages and objects. Unfortunately, this approach directly associates the name of the digital object with a physical location. When the object is removed from its original location, the association between the name and the location of the object is broken and accessing the original name yields and error message. Broken links are a major barrier to expanding electronic government, since citizens require consistent, reliable, and accurate access to government information on the Web. Current methods ensuring the association between the object and the name require maintenance, and if this is not performed consistently the association remains broken. Addressing this problem requires incorporating methods for creating and maintaining persistent identification as a key component of the Federal Enterprise Architecture.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE